U.S. military overseas on heightened alert in advance of CIA torture report

United States military installations overseas and American embassies have been put on heightened alert in advance of the release of a Senate report that will detail the use of torture by the CIA post 9/11.

By Amy R. Connolly

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Thousands of Marines -- part of contingency response forces -- have been put on heightened alert as the Senate Intelligence Committee readies to release its so-called torture report about CIA's post 9/11 interrogation practices.

U.S. intelligence agencies and foreign governments are speculating the release of the Senate report will cause "violence and death" abroad, Rep. Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said. U.S. embassies have also been put on alert.


The Department of Defense sent a message to military commanders worldwide to review their security procedures because of the likelihood of violence. CNN reported the Marines on alert include 2,000 in Africa, 2,000 in the Middle East and 2,200 on ships in the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden. There are also three teams of about 50 Marines each that are trained to respond to embassy threats in Spain, Bahrain and Japan.

The 6,000-page report is said to take a critical look at the CIA's interrogation tactics in the first years after the 9/11 attacks. It reveals details about the torture and suggests CIA officers misled officials about the extent and nature of the tactics. It is expected to be made public Tuesday.


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